How Medic Mobile for ANC Works
Health workers register the expectant mother’s name, age, potential danger signs, and estimated due date on their phone with either Medic Mobile for SMS or Medic Mobile for SIM Apps. Medic Mobile sends this information to a centralized database, hosted on computers at local clinics. Often, this visit from the health worker is the first time a family member has any contact with the health system.
Reminders & Accountability
Medic Mobile schedules appointments and sends automated text messages to community health workers, prompting them to visit the homes of expectant mothers to tell them about their appointments. The health workers also use their phones to contact clinics when they observe danger signs, and the clinics inform them when someone should travel to a clinic to give birth.
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We build mobile and web tools that health workers love to use.
Before this system, I would sleep very bad. Nights I would not know if the vaccines were okay. Now, I receive an alert, and I fly out of bed to fix the fridge. I sleep like I know everything is okay
-- Sharlet Anzazi, a nurse at Mnarani Health Center in Kenya
The phone itself has brought big changes. Before it, I had to write data in a book, then go by foot to the woman in the medical clinic and speak to her. Now I have this phone, it’s easy to do
-- Samu K Toi, Community Health Worker
I’m very pleased because in my heart I know that any time I have problems, I have my community health worker, and she can send a report to one of the proper doctors over there. I feel looked after
-- Janet Katana, Community Member
Impact Data & Research Reports
In one example, we worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Kilifi Kids to train over 450 community health workers in using cellphones to register women as soon as they became pregnant. These interventions had immediate benefits, including more than doubling the number of facility-based births, from 20 to 48 during the testing phase.
Studies showed that this effort also strengthened the ties, and trust, between community health workers and members of their community, improving the ways that health workers provided education and care before and after birth.